Children in Pakistan affected by rare Kawasaki disease

Pakistan Kawasaki disease

The rise in cases of children in Pakistan suffering from rare Kawasaki disease has alarmed experts which are believed to be related to kids infected with Covid-19.

Cases of an ailment like Kawasaki disease is considered to be post-infection complication among children who are already infected with the coronavirus. This disease has started surfacing in many parts of the country. Experts are worried as they are seeing a rise in the alarming condition causing children.

There have been four such cases received in Children Hospital Lahore and some other cases have been reported in Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Islamabad. Around 24 cases of Kawasaki disease are recorded in Pakistan so far.  These cases have alarmed unprepared pediatric experts across the country.

This disease is also called Kawasaki Syndrome. This is an acute febrile illness of unidentified etiology and primarily affects children under the age of five years. This disease was discovered in Japan in 1967 by Tomisaku Kawasaki and the first case outside of Japan was reported in 1976 in Hawaii.

According to the experts, the clinical signs of the Kawasaki disease are rashes, fever, swelling of the hands and feet, swollen lymph glands in the neck, irritation, and redness of the white portion of the eyes, inflammation, and irritation of the throat, mouth, and lips.

Situation of Kawasaki disease in Pakistan so far

On Tuesday, Dr. Masood Sadiq the Dean of Children’s Hospital Lahore said, “It is a very worrying for us that three children have been admitted to the Children’s Hospital Lahore with KD-like syndrome and other such cases are also being reported from Rawalpindi/Islamabad and Karachi”

He further said that Kawasaki like disease might occur in countries like Pakistan that had been affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it is simply called coronavirus 2.

Mr. Prof also said, “The pediatrics and cardiologists should be aware of this new disease which resembles KD but has an acute severe course and is most likely related to SARS-CoV-2 infection”

Professor Sadiq in the end concluded that children suffering from this disease could require mechanical ventilation for cardiovascular stabilization.

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